Review: Dyson Outsize Absolute + stick vacuum

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Erin Lawrence

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Dyson has probably done more for vacuums than any other manufacturer. They’ve singlehandedly made vacuums more powerful, more durable and better looking. Now with Dyson’s newest launch, they are looking to find new ways to ingratiate themselves into our homes and lives.

What is Dyson Outsize Absolute +?

Dyson’s Outsize Absolute + is a cordless stick vacuum that’s designed to fill the space between light and uber-portable cordless vacuums and more powerful, bigger capacity uprights. The Dyson Outsize Absolute + is specifically built for larger and more carpeted North American homes so it’s got a larger dust bin, bigger cleaner head, more powerful suction and an additional battery. I had a the opportunity to try the Dyson V11 Outsize Absolute + in my home for a few weeks: Here’s what happened.

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The new Dyson Outsize Absolute + is all about bigger: it has a 150% larger dustbin, 25% bigger cleaning head, and dual batteries to support longer cleaning times, now with up to 120 minutes of runtime, compared to the V11 and V15 models.

Read my review of the Dyson V11 Absolute here.

What’s in the box?

In the box you get quite a lot; there’s the main vacuum handle with integrated dustbin and filtration, plus small screen is also built into the back to show a battery countdown timer and different cleaning modes.

Dyson Outsize Absolute plus review There are three main cleaning heads, and several accessories:

High Torque XL cleaner head

You could call this the main vacuum head, and it’s the largest roller head option in the package.With Dyson Dynamic Load Sensor it will automatically adjust power on different floor types, meaning you can deep clean between carpet and hard floor without having to swap accessories.

Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head

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Laser Slim Fluffy head.

With its Jetsons-meets-teddy bear name, this cleaning brush head must be something amazing, yes? It sure is. With its padded fluffy brush, it’s made specifically for wood and tile floors, because those fuzzy rollers can trap and inhale fine particles of dust thanks to anti-static fibres. Add in a laser that’s generated when powered on:With green light that emanates horizontally across your floors, it will bounce off particles so you can see them better.

Hair screw tool

The hair screw tool has an anti-tangle cone-shaped brush bar that not only picks up long hair or pet hair, but its shape is made to prevent hair and fibres from wrapping around the roller and creating tangled clogs. With its cone shape, hair should eventually work its way off the brush and into the dustbin.
When it comes to other attachments and accessories, there’s a Combination Tool with brush, Crevice Tool, dusting brush as well as an extra battery and some mounting hardware and clips. There’s actually so many accessories I had a hard time using them all during my review period.

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Hair Screw Tool.

All the parts (including the filter) are washable

Battery life and charging

One of the marketing messages of this vacuum is that it gets an improved 120 minutes of battery life, while the Dyson V15 or V11 by comparison get 60 minutes. Is this because Dyson’s battery technology has been revolutionized? In a word: No.

Because the Outsize Absolute + comes with a second battery, that’s what actually doubles the stated runtime: You need to keep your extra battery charged and ready to truly get that 120 minutes; otherwise it’s about 60 minutes per battery.

Fully charging one of the batteries will take a lengthy 4.5 hours.

Why is Dyson so expensive?

Wondering what makes Dyson vacuums so good, or—to be blunt—so expensive? You can thank all that time in the Dyson development lab where the company works to innovate its motors.

This vacuum is powered by what sounds like a futuristic Dyson Hyperdymium motor which spins at up to 125,000rpm, creating what Dyson says is the most powerful suction of any cordless vacuum. The motor, bin and cyclone are aligned (unlike some other models where there’s a bend or elbow inside), so air is drawn into the cyclones in a straight line, helping to keep the suction from getting clogged or impeded.

Cyclonic technology in the motor spins dust into the bin and makes it less likely to clog filters, a key reason why vacuums lose suction.
Plus, the company, to its credit, doesn’t rest on its laurels with the accessories either. The new laser addition is a major innovation, as it the unique anti-tangle motorized screw head.

Cleaning with Dyson Outsize

This vacuum is ultra easy to use and while it is noticeably heavier than the V11 Absolute I reviewed not long ago, it’s still easy to carry around. It’s comparable to the Dyson V11 Outsize which I reviewed too.

Dyson Outsize Absolute plus 4The accessories and brush/roller heads snap in an out so easily with no pulling or yanking. The Dyson Outsize Absolute + cleaned all the surfaces of my home really well: it definitely powers dirt out of carpets (like dried dog paw prints) and gets rid of pet hair well; it’s truly surprising to see what ends up in the dustbin, particulalry when you though your floors were already pretty clean. This stick vacuum truly powers dirt out of carpets; it’s surprising what the dustbin fills up with.

It easily pulls up pet hair, crumbs, lint and dust on hardwood floors. To further test it I spilled things like crackers, oatmeal and flour on my kitchen tile too and it does a great job picking up pretty much anything. The cleaner head is also small enough to fit under kick plates in the kitchen and can swoop under things like sofas and beds too.

When it comes to those two new cleaning heads, I was really and truly surprised by the Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head. To be frank, before my testing, I thought adding lasers to your vacuum was about as relevant as adding lasers to golf carts. I can admit I was wrong.

The laser does an outstanding job of illuminating dirt I truly could not see. My first use, I’d already vacuumed the previous day and thought there’d be nothing for it to light up. Nope. The green laser cuts across the floor’s surface at an oblique angle which is perfect for making dirt and dust bunnies light up like tiny beacons. It truly made hard-to-spot dirt easy to see, both in low light and bright light.

The Hair Screw tool also worked outstandingly well. After using it on a dog bed, furniture, and then even testing it on carpet, the conical brush has absolutely zero hair wrapped around it.

I guess I should save a bit of the page for thoughts about the main cleaner head, and saying it works very well and cleans a large area fast seems like kind of an afterthought after spilling so much ink on its siblings.

Read my review of the Dyson OmniGlide sweeper here.

Cleaning Modes: Dyson Outsize Absolute +

The Dyson Outsize comes with three cleaning modes:
Eco Mode uses the least amount of power, and gives you longer overall battery life and run time. Auto or Medium Mode will automatically adjust the engine, to deliver more power on carpet. Boost Mode increases suction again to really power out ground in dirt.

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Emptying the bin

One of the nice features about the Outsize Absolute + that carries over from other Dyson vacuums is the ‘point and shoot’ bin emptying feature. After detaching your tools, just give the lever a swipe to flip open the base of the bin, and all the dirt drops right into the trash. You don’t need to get your hands dirty.

Overall review: Dyson Outsize Absolute +

Overall, The Dyson Outsize is easily the best large format stick vacuum you can buy.

When it comes to the pros: it’s powerful, has automatically adjustable suction, a great array of tools and accessories included. Plus there’s long battery life with two battery packs in use, the bigger cleaning head and larger dustbin for less frequent emptying. And the laser sighting works wonders, plus the new Hair Screw Tool doesn’t tangle

Any downsides? It is heavier than average stick vac, particularly when used as a handheld, the batteries take a while to charge and yes, it is expensive.
Even so, it cleans brilliantly and I can’t make any major complaints about it.
If you need a new vacuum with the power of an upright, amazing new, useful cleaner heads, and without the trailing cords, this stick vacuum has the ability to clean your whole home.

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